Official Review: You & Me & Allergies

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Official Review: You & Me & Allergies

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[Following is an official review of "You & Me & Allergies" by Shelly Orloff.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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In the children’s illustrated book, You & Me & Allergies by Shelly Orloff, food allergies and environmental sensitivities are the focus of the read.

Young Jena has an issue that she has been dealing with for quite some time, and it causes her some frustration. She has celiac disease, and therefore cannot eat products that contain gluten. When she does, it truly upsets her stomach and causes her pain. It is only when she realizes that some of her classmates also have allergies and/or sensitivities that Jena begins to understand that she is not alone.

In any children’s book, the illustrations are the parts of the novel that is first looked at. A colorful, inviting set of pictures can affect whether children become interested in a story. I’m happy to say that the illustrations in You & Me & Allergies are very bright and inviting for the younger crowd. The expressions of each character can easily bring excitement to reading and becomes a central part of the story.

Throughout the book, the author mentions a number of allergies and/or medical issues that different characters experience. From using an EpiPen for a bee sting to utilizing an inhaler to having specific food allergies, children are introduced to a plethora of conditions that people face today. On the one hand, I thought it was great the author spoke about juvenile diabetes, celiac disease, and even mentions Crohn's disease. On the other hand, I wonder if mentioning so many conditions would be overwhelming for children as they read.

Themes of understanding, allergies, being sensitive to others’ needs, and finding positivity definitely fill the pages of You & Me & Allergies. The theme of helping each other is slightly brushed upon. Aside from Jena giving kisses to those who shared their allergies or medical conditions in her class, it wasn’t clear how others can help out. Perhaps the fact that she approaches them with a kiss is being helpful enough as she demonstrates her support.

Though I do feel there may be a bit too much information for children to process, the idea of having a story that highlights the struggles some people face is a very worthwhile read. Due to this and its bright illustrations, I give You & Me & Allergies a four out of four stars. Children from early to late elementary school would benefit and enjoy this illustrated read.

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Post by Ogoskino »

This book sounds like an interesting book for children. The fact that it has very colorful illustrations make it more appreciable for the reader. Great review.
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Post by Ria710 »

This sounds like a great book for children. I like that children can learn something from it. The cover of the book is adorable, and I believe it will catch the eyes of little kids. Thanks for a great review.
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Post by Cheronomercy »

This book seems to be a good one and it give illustration drawing children attention.
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Post by Honest-reviewer »

Kids can learn a lot from this book. I wish to read this someday. It’s quite informative. Thanks for your wonderful review!
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Post by streetsolo »

This is a really good book. I have celiac disease and I grew up in a time where food allergies weren't really talked about. I think that children's books are an amazing way to help children understand that other children are different from them in one way or another, and the colorful illustrations are a great way to help capture their attention.
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Post by _claudi_ »

This is definitely a good read. Dealing with allergies can be frustrating especially for Children. It is good for kids to know they are not alone in this. Great review.
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Post by Vannaskivt »

This book is such an important step to normalizing allergies for children. Often children can cope much better if they know others go through similar things and they aren't alone. What a great book for children with allergies who often struggle and feel alienated by how they are 'different' than others. I am going to purchase and add to my private practice library.
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